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May 6, 1961

Biblical Reason for Forbidding Use of Milk And Meat

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JAMA. 1961;176(5):467. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040180069026

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  I am astonished to read in The Journal, Jan. 14, page 163, Dr. Morris Chamurich's letter about the biblical reason for forbidding the use of milk and meat, which he explains on grounds of their being infected with Brucella. In reality there is no biblical prohibition of milk and meat. What is forbidden in the Bible is the cooking together of milk and meat: "Thou shalt not cook the kid in the milk of its mother." This has been extended in talmudic times to the prohibition of eating milk and meat together. If this prohibition had been for hygienic reasons, the eating of the goat and the drinking of goat's milk would have been included in the list of prohibited food. The meaning has, like all Jewish biblical dietetic laws, nothing to do with hygiene—as little as, e.g., the prohibition of eating pork. This prohibition was a

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